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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Walking Dead: 507 "Crossed" Recap & Review

Crossed

Yay, we get to see Rick again! We haven't seen our protagonist for a few episodes now. The whole episode went back and forth between groups to plant the seeds for next week's midseason finale. The episode starts off where we left off in episode in 503. Daryl and Noah have come back to get reinforcements. Rick tells Michonne that he owes it to Carol to go and rescue her. After all, Carol did save all of their butts back at Terminus, Rambo style.

Yes Rick, you do owe Carol a lot.
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Carl, Michonne, Judith and Gabriel remain behind at the church. They board it up in case of walkers. Gabriel is still haunted by the tainted blood left in his church. Gabriel looks down at the blood stand wood and tries to scratch/wipe it away. His church has been disgraced with murder.

~Start Episode~

Rick and Co travel to Atlanta. Tyreese comforts Sasha on their journey there. He's been in her state before. (When he lost Karen) Sasha doesn't want the counseling from her brother. She wants to deal with the mourning with her own methods. I think Tyreese is afraid she lose her humanity if she doesn't talk about it with others.


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Meanwhile back with Abraham's group, Eugene is still passed out. Tara pours water on his face trying to wake him up. It's no use though. Abraham is still in a catatonic state. Rosita tries to snap him out of it but he remains in silence. He feels as he has no motive in this world. His mission was to get Eugene to D.C but that no longer drives him. 


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Rick makes a plan for the hospital. He wants to capture two of Dawn's officers in a trade off for Beth and Carol. Tyreese wants to make sure no one dies in this mission. 


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At the church, Gabriel tries to scrub the blood out of of the wood. Carl wants to teach Gabriel how to defend himself, but Gabriel wants nothing to do with it. It's important in this world to know how to fend off walkers. What's disturbing is the fact that a 13 year old boy wants to teach a grown man how to kill to survive. Gabriel uses the excuse that he doesn't feel good and locks himself in his office with a machete. It's later found out that he's using the machete to pull up floor boards to escape the church. 

Beth mops up in the hospital hallway. She overhears Dawn talking to one of her officers. The officer tells Dawn that they need to stop using their resources on Carol, because she's on death's door as is. Beth interrupts the conversation and begs that they keep the machine on for Carol. Dawn is forced into siding with her officer, and tells him to take her off the machine. If Beth hadn't intervened with her opinion she would've argued to keep Carol on the machine. After the Dawn wants more recruits at the hospital because she thinks it's for the better good.

Dawn ends up giving Beth the key to the medicine cabinet. She tells her to go and save Carol. I'm suspicious that she has an ulterior motive for some reason. 


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With Rick's group, they manage to catch two cops and hold them hostage, They tell the cops their plan of using them to barter for their friends back. The two cops try to wager that it won't work because they want to over throw Dawn themselves. I don't trust them...

At the hospital it appears Beth has made friends fast with some of the other survivors. She does a prison style exchange with an older man standing outside his room. She gives him two strawberries and he makes a distraction for her. Beth runs to the medicine locker and gets the medicine Dr. Edwards told her would help Carol. She succeeds and manages to give the proper dosage to her.


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Father Gabriel escapes the church and wanders aimlessly through the woods. I have no idea where the hell he thinks he's going. He doesn't know how to defend himself, and he's unarmed with any weapons. He runs into a walker and manages to get it away from him but still doesn't kill it. He is stricken with fear of killing. 

Rosita, Glenn, and Tara filter water and catch fish while Maggie tends to Eugene and tries to help Abraham. Eugene is still passed out and Abraham is still staring off into space. She confronts him and asks if he wanted her to shoot him. He says he did but not anymore. It appears he is finally coming out of his distant state. He needs to pull himself together!

With Rick's group, Sasha keeps watch of the male officer. He tells her a bit about what it's like at Grady memorial and what happened to one of his friends. He says that there was a walker he recognized out back that he wanted to put out. He convinces Sasha to do it for him. He leads her to a window in the warehouse they're in and directs her to shoot it. While she's not looking he knocks her out and escapes. Great...

Trust no one!

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From the rumors I've heard, the midseason finale is supposed to be gut-wrenching and heart breaking. I'm sure someone is going to die, but the question is who?" There is suspicion it could be Beth or Carol. I don't really know who, but I'm not looking forward to it. Between the two I'd rather see Beth be killed but I'm scared it's going to be Carol. 


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Robert Kirkman once said in a interview that they only kill characters who have earned their death. The character most go through it's full evolution or character arc before they are killed off. Carol has grown tremendously as a character and has had some big episodes. It makes sense for them to kill her off, but I still don't want to see it happen. Beth started off like how Carol was once, and I can see them trying to make her into the next Rambo character like Carol. 


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We shall see though. This episode was fairly good but nothing special. 6/10 for me. The pieces were laid out for the midseason finale but nothing huge exactly happened.

Can this happen instead?
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Walking Dead: 506 "Consumed" Review & Recap

Consumed
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Finally a Carol and Daryl episode! I was really excited to see this episode because I want to see #Caryl happen. It needs to happen! 


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The episode opens up right where we left off in episode 404: "Indifferent." That was the episode where Rick banished Carol from the group, after discovering she had killed Karen and David. In the teaser for the episode we see where Carol was during her time away from the prison.


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Carol drives away in the car that Rick allowed her to take with a full tank of gas with basic supplies. We see Carol pull off to the side of the road and cry. Personally I'd do the same if I was banished from my group. Carol drives around in search for a new home. She drives back into town and enters an abandoned law firm office. She uses a can with coins as a noise maker to lure out any walkers they may be inside. Then Carol lays down on the couch in the building and puts her pistol on top of her chest. She's pretty much got to sleep with one eye open now that she's on her own.

This teaser is pretty much a montage of her spent time away from the prison. The teaser ends with Carol looking out the window after making a makeshift water collector. She sees a giant cloud of dark smoke in the distant. She recognizes the direction it's coming from. (The prison.) Carol drives back to the prison to find it engulfed in flames. She's too late as her old group is gone.

~Start Intro~


Carol and Daryl drive after the car with the cross. The one Daryl saw get away with Beth. As they drive after it Daryl fills in Carol on their time spent together and how they were separated. They enter an ominous Atlanta down the same highway that Rick rode on horseback in the pilot.


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The two stake out the car after entering Atlanta. They stay back and observe as a man dressed as a cop, gets out and clears the road of walkers. They try to go after them in their car, but the car is out of gas. They have to go on foot to trace the car that has now driven away.

Soon enough walkers swarm around the alleys and Carol and Daryl are forced to find refuge until the next morning. Carol takes Daryl to a place she knows of in the city. (A woman's shelter) Daryl asks her if she used to stay here but she doesn't answer. Clearly this is a place from Carol's past she's all to familiar with. A book tilted "Childhood Abuse" is laid out on one of the end tables in the room.

Carol offers to take first watch while Daryl gets some rest.
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"You said we get to start over. Did you?" - Carol to Daryl

Daryl and Carol have a very strong relationship. The two understand one another and even with all the questions Daryl wants answered he understands it'll take time for her to open up. He wants to know why she wanted to leave the group after being reunited. He wants to know what happened with her time spent with Tyreese, and her time spent away.

They hear a noise and go to investigate. Behind a glass door are two female walkers an adult and a little girl. Carol goes to end their suffering but Daryl tells her she doesn't have to. Carol is always used to doing everything. The next morning Carol wakes up and looks out the window. There's a bonfire on the roof of their building. She goes out to find Daryl had gotten rid of the two walkers and disposed of them for her. Carol thanks him.


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There are a lot of flashbacks in this episode. There is one of Carol making graves for Lizzie and Mikka with Tyreese. Some of the things Carol had to do still haunt her. The flashback ends and Carol and Daryl are getting ready to head out in search for Beth. They come out of a building a see a group of walkers. In order to get past Daryl burns a legal pad and tosses it near them. The walkers surround the burning pad and the two are able to get past them. They head for the bridge to cross over.


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They enter a parking garage and head inside what appears to be some sort of office building? Someone is following them inside, but we don't know who at first.

Inside one of the long halls is a group of people turned into walkers. There is a tent and walkers trapped in sleeping bags. I'm not really sure what happened to those people in order for them to become walkers. They open a door that's chained and slide through to the other side. They enter a fancy office room to get a better scope on the cityscape. 

Daryl looks out the window and spots a van hanging over the edge of the bridge. It has the cross on it, just like the car that took Beth. He believes it may hold some clues as to her whereabouts. 

The two start to leave the office but Noah ends up robbing them of their weapons. As Noah leaves her opens up one of the tents filled with walkers to make his getaway. Carol still has her pistol on her and aims at Noah to shoot him. Daryl stops her from doing it. Carol argues that she was only going to shoot his leg and not kill him. Carol explains that she doesn't want anyone to die and that's why she had to leave. 


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Some of her stuff falls out of her backpack, one of the items being the book from the woman shelter. "Treating Childhood Abuse." If you remember back to season three we discovered that Daryl was abused by his father as a child. Did Carol take the book to read up on the issues?


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We get another flashback. This time it's from when Carol burned the bodies of Karen and David behind the prison. We never got to see how that went down, so it was cool to get a glimpse into the missing pieces from last season. The flashback ends and Carol and Daryl are now on the bridge where the abandoned van is. They open the back doors and look inside. Realize the van is hanging off the edge of the highway. This part made me nervous for the two. 


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They look under the mirrors, in the glove department to find any clues for Beth's location. They come to the conclusion that she might be at a hospital due to the gurney left inside the van. Suddenly loads of walkers swarm outside the van and the two are forced to trap themselves inside it. They have no weapons left and Daryl gets in the driver seat. Carol sits in the passenger side and they buckle up. 


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The walkers beat on the outside of the van. Daryl looks to Carol and tells her to hold on as he purposely forces the van to fall off the edge of the bridge. They land hard on the bottom and survive, but then a bunch of walkers rain down on their van.

Carol appears to be slightly hurt on her shoulder. I don't know if she dislocated it or something? The two head back and discover they're only three blocks away from the hospital. They head inside another building filled with a few walkers. There Daryl finds a machete. Since his crossbow was stolen by Noah. Ugh. He also finds some food. Carol finally reveals that she stayed at that woman shelter two days before the outbreak, but she ended up running back to her abusive husband in the end.

Because of the apocalypse she became the person she thought she always should have been. 

"Everything now just consumes you." - Carol to Daryl.

"We ain't ashes." - Daryl responding to Carol

They hear a noise and find a walker with an arrow stuck in his throat. One of Daryl's crossbow arrows. Then they hear gun fire, they run and find Noah trying to fend off walkers. 

Noah tries to move a bookshelf to block a door with a walker. Daryl sneaks up behind him and overtakes him. The bookshelf falls on top of Noah, trapping him. 


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Daryl is willing to let Noah die but at this point Carol wants to help him. Unlike before when she was willing to kill Noah after he took their weapons. Daryl has a change of heart and shoots the walker with his crossbow and kills it just before it's able to bite Noah. 

Another flashback. This time it was right after Carol took on Terminus on her on. She takes off her cloak covered with walker guts and wipes off her face with the clean part. She has Daryl's crossbow with her that she stole from the storage room.

Daryl helps Noah get out from under the bookshelf. He thanks them and looks out the window down below. One of the cars with with the cross is parked outside. He tells them about the people at the hospital. They interrogate Noah about Beth. He tells them that he knows her and she was the reason he was able to escape. Noah leads them

Then suddenly Carol is hit by a car! 
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Me: "Noooo!"
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The two cops get out and put her on a gurney and take off with her. 
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Noah tells Daryl to stay back. They have a lot of people and they have guns. Daryl and Noah steal a truck and head out of Atlanta to go back and rejoin the group at the church. They need to get reinforcements. The episode ends. 

I swear if Carol dies, we riot...
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9/10

This episode satisfied my feels.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Walking Dead: 505 "Self Help" Review & Recap

Self Help

We start off the episode with Abraham's group. Abraham drives down a Georgia road while the others in the back talk. Glen and Maggie question how Eugene knows how to cure the this thing. Eugene quickly dismisses it saying it's classified. This is already a red flag to most viewers, it also raises a red flag to glen. Glen wants to know why he can't tell them even though there are barely any survivors left in the world. Eugene keeps mum on the topic and Glen gets the hint.

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Out of nowhere the bus has a malfunction before flipping out of control and landing on its side. Walkers start heading towards the flipped bus as the intro kicks in.


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~Start Intro~

We have a short flashback of Abraham's past. Abraham beats a man to death with a canned good in what appears to be a grocery store. He repeatedly pounds the can against the man's head. The camera pans up and we see four other men dead. Abraham has killed all the men on his own.

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It cuts back to present day where Abraham and the rest of the gang is struggling to get up after the crash. Walkers have surrounded the outside of the bus as they claw and beat at the windows of the bus. Abraham, Glen, Maggie, and Rosita go out to fend off the walkers outside.

Tara and Eugene stay inside the bus while a walker breaks through a window trying to grab at Eugene. Eugene looks pretty scared. I don't think he's killed very many walkers on his own. Tara kills the walker and hands Eugene a knife. She tells him that he can't be scared anymore. He needs to learn to defend himself in this world.

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We get another bit of the flashback. Abraham searches through the grocery store for his family. He finds his wife, daughter and son huddled up together by a register. They turn around looking at Abraham terrified. They are terrified of what Abraham has done to those men. To the audience people are probably wondering what those men deserved to die brutally like that? 

If it wasn't already clearly implied those men raped his family. Abraham killed them when he discovered what they did. To make matters even worse those were men he knew and trusted. (His neighbors, friends, comrades)

~End flashback~

The group kills all the walkers and Eugene kills his first walker. The group goes in search to find shelter. The group takes refuge in a bookstore where they collect and boil toilet water to drink. Later Abraham and Eugene do the nasty together while having a small live audience.

Peeping Tom!

Tara catches Eugene watching Abraham and Rosita have sex and pulls him aside to thank him for saving her earlier. He admits to her that he was at fault for the bus flipping out of control. Tara dismisses his accusation believing he is just blaming himself. He corrects her and tells her that he put crushed glass in the gas tank. Tara is shocked and confused as to why he would do such as thing as it could have killed them all. Tara promises to keep Eugene's secret safe.

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The next morning Abraham discovers a fire engine across from the bookstore. Abraham is optimistic that things are finally going their way. He starts the truck up and it looks like the truck is functioning. They begin to pull away from the fire station and a door opens up that the truck was backed up against.

The fire engine gives out and Abraham becomes pissed. Nothing seems to be going their way on their journey to D.C. A ominous tire rolls out from the door and suddenly a large group of walkers emerges from the fire station. Rosita, Tara, Glen, Maggie and Abraham start killing the walkers, but there's an overwhelming amount. Eugene gets on top of the truck and uses the fire hose to kill the walkers with its powerful force. He clears out the walkers but waste the clean water they were planning to drink.

Abraham gets on top of the bus and notices the message painted on the sidewalk.

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They hit the road again but the fire engine again cuts short. Eugene blames it because of air filter compromise by innards. Abraham works at fixing it while the others keep watch. Glenn smells something foul from up ahead. Soon enough the rest of the group smells it and walks further down the road to find out what it is.

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It turns out there's a slaughterhouse up a head with a huge herd of walkers.

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Abraham is adamant on passing through but everyone else thinks it's too dangerous. (Which it is to be fair) Abraham is determined to get Eugene to Washington so they can cure this epidemic. Eugene and everyone else want to find a detour to get around the slaughterhouse. Abraham wants to hear none of it and drags Eugene back towards the truck. Everyone tries to stop him but Abraham has his sights set on tunnel vision.

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Eugene makes a bold statement saying that he lied. He doesn't know how to cure this thing. It was a lie he made up to help him survive. Everyone is shocked and disappointed with his confession. Anyone who read the comics saw this coming a mile away. Eugene's appearance doesn't exactly scream scientist. But I will say this, Eugene is not as useless as he appears, he comes in quite handy in the future so be on the look out for that.

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"I know I'm smarter than most people. I know I'm a very good liar, and I know I needed to get to D.C." - Eugene

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Eugene used his manipulation to get further in the world. Abraham is crushed that the mission he has been vigorously fighting for has all been a lie. It's at this point we find out what happened to Abraham's family. Abraham wakes up and discovers his family is gone. They leave a message telling him not to search for them. Abraham goes off in search for them and finds them all dead. They've been eaten by walkers. 

Abraham crumbles to his knees and pulls out his gun. He places it in his mouth ready to pull the trigger on himself when he hears a cry for help. It's Eugene and he's running from three walkers. Abraham goes to help him and kills the walkers with ease saying Eugene's life. He walks off leaving Eugene confused after thanking him. Eugene chases after him. It's at this point that that Eugene tells Abraham that he has a mission he needs to complete.

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The episode ends. We see where Eugene and Abraham first meet and when the lie first started. Overall this was a really good episode. We dove deeper into Abraham's character and got a glimpse into his past. Even though Abraham is a very strong character he still carries a lot of pain with him from the loss of his family. 

I'd give it an 8/10. 

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Walking Dead: 504 "Slabtown" Review & Recap

Slabtown

It's been an on going mystery about the whereabouts of Beth, but our question was finally answered. I'll admit last season when I saw the black car with the cross speed off with Beth, my first initial reaction was Father Gabriel took her. I read the comics and I figured he'd be showing up at some point, maybe the he saw her and grabbed her thinking she was in danger.

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I was wrong though and I'll proudly admit it.

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The episode opens similar to when Rick wakes from his coma. Beth is in a hospital room, dressed in a hospital gown with a cast and IV. She gets up and looks out her window. She's in Atlanta? What the? The hospital looks relatively clean and tidy. Someone's been keeping this place in tact. Beth bangs on the door since she's locked from the inside.

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The door opens and two strangers come in. A female police officer and a male doctor. The doctor, Dr. Steven Edwards and Officer Dawn Lerner explain that they saved her from some, "rotters" (walkers) Every time you meet new characters on The Walking Dead, you have to be suspicious. Trust. No. One! 

"You owe us." - Dawn

I'm still suspicious that the cops that picked Beth up didn't possibly knock her out to use as an excuse. 

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Dr. Edwards shows Beth around the hospital. There is medical equipment, generators, batteries, plants, food, all sorts! It appears that if you get picked up by these officers you owe a debt. You use their resources you pay it back. You have to work your debt off by helping around the hospital. That includes sexual favors. (Yuck!)

We meet another horrible character. Officer Gorman, or as I like to call him. Cop Douche. Beth fills up her tray with food from the cafeteria, and Cop Douche tells her she needs to show him some gratitude for saving her life. She leaves her tray knowing what his suggestion is. At this point I'm like, "Cop Douche needs to die."

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Another resident at the hospital is taken into a room for medical attention. A woman named Joan has been bitten on the wrist. It appears she tried to escape and was bitten on the way out. Officer Dawn orders Dr. Edwards to amputate her arm to save her. Beth is ordered to hold Joan down why they perform the amputation with no anesthesia! Joan had a good reason for escaping, apparently she was Gorman's property. Yuck.

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Beth cleans up some blood in Joan's room as she awakens. Beth questions what Gorman did to her. She doesn't straight out say I'm his sex slave, but it's heavily implied. Apparently Officer Dawn looks the other way when it comes to her colleagues needs. Pretty messed up if you ask me. But in Dawn's eyes if that's what keeps her men in check, then so be it. She thinks this is for, "The greater good."

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Later Beth's in her room tidying up when she goes over to her bed. She looks under the mattress for something. I thought maybe she had made a shiv or something. Whatever it is she's looking for isn't there. "Looking for this?" a voice says from behind her. I'm like, "Oh, man. If he found her makeshift weapon she's gonna get a beat down." Turns out it's a lollypop. Green apple flavored.

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Cop Douche puts her lollypop in his mouth and then forces her to put it in hers. This made me feel sick, because all I could think about where the germs from his mouth.

Me when Cop Douche forces the lollypop in Beth's mouth:
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"Ya, nasty..."

Dr. Edwards intervenes and stops anything further from happening. Cop Douche gets angry, he doesn't want the doctor to claim Beth. Later Dr. Edwards explains why he doesn't leave this place. He shows her the bottom floor of the hospital where there are loads of walkers scratching outside the boarded doors and windows. "That's why," he says. Even though some of the methods the cops use around the hospital aren't necessarily good, they keep the people safe as long as they're happy, or satisfied. Ew.

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Dr. Edwards has Beth attend to one of their new patients. He wants her to give his patient some medication he explicitly instructs her on what to give him. When Beth does the man seizures and dies. Dawn is infuriated that their resources were wasted. The man that died was another doctor, that could have benefitted the hospital. Noah takes the blame and says he must've tripped over one of the plugs. He's punished for his mistake by being beaten. What the heck! Poor Noah!

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 Dr. Edwards purposely told Beth to give the wrong medicine to the doctor in fear of being replaced by him. What the heck! What is wrong with these people? Like I said, trust no one!

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Noah and Beth meet and decide to escape from the hospital. Noah tells Beth that they think he's weak. Beth says they think the same about her. They come up with a plan to escape, a risky one at that. Beth goes to get a set of keys in Dawn's office, she stumbles upon Joan who is now dead. Just when Beth finds the keys Cop Douche enters. He knows Beth is up to no good and is willing to forget about this, if she gives him what he wants. Oh god.

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Beth knows Joan is about to turn as she sees her fingers twitching. She lets Cop Douche feel her up slightly before hitting him over the head with the lollypop jar. He's bitten and killed by the zombie Joan and Beth's able to make her escape. Noah and Beth use sheets/blankets to lower themselves down the elevator shoot. They get out of the hospital and make their mad escape, killing walkers on the way.

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It looks like the two are going to successfully escape until Beth is over taken by some walkers and then the cops. She watches Noah get away with a smile on her face. At least he could get away.

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Beth is punished for her misdeed by Dawn. She's really pissed off. Beth get's stitched up in Dr. Edwards office and he admits to her that she helped assist in murdering the other doctor, from his purpose miscommunication. Beth watches as he leaves the office to attend to a new arrival. Beth takes a pair of scissors left in his office and walks his way, to do, I'm not sure? Kill Dr. Edwards or kill Officer Dawn?

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We see a woman being wheeled in on a gurney and it's Carol??
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Me when I see Carol on the gurney:
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Is Carol dead? Is she badly hurt? Is she playing possum to help Beth escape? What's going on here!?

This episode was a Beth centered one just like the episode "Still." I hated that one because it was sooo slow, but this one I didn't mind too much to be honest.

8/10